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Harassed for Standing with Kashmir: Interview with Rupesh Kumar & Afthab Ellath

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  Round Table India Recently, on 18th July, sixteen individuals who gathered in Kannur, Kerala, to discuss the ongoing situation in Kashmir and to express solidarity with the Kashmiris were arrested by the police. In this interview, Round Table India talks with two of the arrested: documentary film-maker Rupesh Kumar, and social media activist Afthab …

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The dalit woman is a threat to the caste system: Chithralekha

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  Rupesh Kumar Chithralekha has been on strike for the last 100 days seeking justice for the attacks on her by CPM goons. The government and district authorities remain silent on Chithralekha’s vociferous questioning and demand for justice. From October 25th, 2014, Chithralekha and her husband Sreeshkant are sitting in protest in front of the …

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Appeal from Chithralekha Rehabilitation Committee

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  Chithralekha Punaradhivasa Committee Kannur 2 Since 25th October 2014, for the last 77 days1, Chithralekha and her family have been on a constant day-and-night strike in front of the Kannur collectorate for her right to work and earn her livelihood, and demanding that social justice be dispensed.  This legitimate strike has garnered the support …

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Caste, CPI(M) and Chithralekha

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  Rakesh Ram S 26th December 2014.  Today Chithralekha, the Dalit woman autodriver, entered the 64th day of her night and day dharna (to death) in front of the Kannur collectorate. She has been fighting the CPI(M)/DYFI/CITU in Kannur since 2005.  Despite numerous protests and resultant promises from the government attacks continue to happen on Chithralekha, …

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Chithralekha’s dharna draws wide support

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  April 24, 2014 Today Chithralekha, the Dalit woman autodriver, who has been fighting the CPM/CITU in Kannur from 2005, entered the fifth day of her dharna, in front of the Kannur collectorate. Her sit-in dharna in front of the collectorate was able to draw the attention of various Dalit, Muslim and Human Rights Organizations …

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Chithralekha’s family attacked again

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  Eramangalathu Chitralekha On October 21st I was attacked again. This time they rounded up and beat my husband Sreeskanth because now they are scared to touch me. Sreeskanth has been living a life of social exclusion for a long time now. His relatives have abandoned him, his friends don’t talk to him, except very …